The Colts host the Tennessee Titans this Sunday at 1pm after their dominant performance against the Jags. Both teams enter the game at 1-2, but the Colts have had a more difficult schedule up to this point. This will also be the second straight division opponent for the Colts.
Honestly, the Colts should have no problem dominating. The Titans will be a tougher opponent than the Jags, but not by much. Tennessee simply doesn’t have the talent required to contend with the Colts. This has been proven in the past as the Colts have won 10 of their last 11 meetings.
Tennessee is in a tough position as they don’t know who their starting QB will be. Not only is Jake Locker injured (wrist), but his performance has been less than par lately. The Colts may see Charlie Whitehurst under center, who was drafted in 2006, or they may be facing rookie QB Zach Mettenberger. If I were head coach Ken Whisenhunt I would strongly consider giving Mettenberger a shot. They have nothing to lose.
The first key to a Colts victory is maintaining momentum of the running game from the previous two weeks. Especially Richardson. T-Rich needs all the momentum he can get and this game could be the one for him. A huge obstacle that not only Richardson and Bradshaw must face, but Luck as well, are some flaws in the offensive line.
We all know the O-line is the principal concern to the Colts. It also doesn’t help that Hugh Thornton is out with an ankle injury. This may result in Luck being forced out of the pocket quite a bit.
T.Y. Hilton is now considered “probable” after his ankle injury of a week ago, but if there is any chance of him re-injuring his ankle or making it worse I would keep him on the sidelines. This will give Donte Moncrief a chance to prove himself some more. If you read my last article, you know I’m a strong believer in this guy. This would be a perfect game for him to get some valuable reps in.
It will be interesting to see if the defense finally starts clicking and showing some potential. I know that Robert Mathis is out, but we only have 5 sacks after 3 games? C’mon, man! Bjoern Werner has to step up and do something in his position or else the Colts will be struggling on defense for the rest of the season.
A couple more keys to the game:
Luck needs to continue to spread the love and hit as many different targets as possible. I’m sure fantasy owners will share my view. Lastly, something the Colts had pride in from previous seasons – KEEP THE PENALTIES DOWN! It’s a ridiculous thing to have to state, but the Colts have had countless penalties that have ultimately killed drives.
I think the Colts will coast to victory. This is one of those games that you don’t want to overlook, but also want to leave with no injuries.
My prediction: 31-17 Colts.